Environment

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 by Michael Kanin

Committee urges formulation of rules for marine toilets, marinas

The City of Austin is facing a mountain of issues in its attempt to better regulate a set of items that include marine toilets, marinas and holding tanks. Among them is probable cost, extent of the trouble, and – perhaps…

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 by Mark Richardson

County finds just $4.3 million to buy flood-ravaged homes

Travis County officials say they have searched their budgets, bond programs and possibly even the couch cushions to come up with $4.3 million to buy out damaged and destroyed homes from the Halloween floods.   But it will be another…

Monday, November 4, 2013 by Elizabeth Pagano

City studies changes to allow aggregates in commercial projects

Changes to commercial landscaping requirements that previously prohibited the use of aggregate materials in commercial projects are on the way.   Though the process is still in the early stages, the city is taking a serious look at how it…

Thursday, October 31, 2013 by Michael Kanin

Leffingwell votes against climate protection clause in CAMPO plan

Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell found himself Wednesday defending a controversial vote to take references to climate protection and greenhouse gas emissions out of the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization’s 2040 plan. Leffingwell told In Fact Daily that he cast his…

Monday, October 28, 2013 by Elizabeth Pagano

Environmental Board denies variance, orders fill removed from lot

Though it has been in place for years, the Environmental Board definitively shut down a variance request that would have allowed a huge amount of fill to remain in northeast Austin. Instead, the board recommended that that fill be removed,…

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 by Elizabeth Pagano

Downtown tree canopy only 14 percent according to city survey

The long-awaited results of a downtown tree survey prompted by the city’s Heritage Tree Ordinance are in.   Last week, Environmental Board members got their first view of the completed survey, which will be used to help the city’s boards…

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